Acupuncture for Menstrual Pain Study


The 2008 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported on a German study that confirmed the effectiveness acupuncture had on menstrual pain in women.

 Acupuncture for Menstrual PainThis study had two hundred one participants, women of course, who were assigned to acupuncture or no acupuncture at random. The group that received acupuncture treatments reported a thirty percent improvement in the levels of their menstrual pain compared to those who only received standard treatments.

Dr Claudia Wiit of the University Medical Center in Berlin stated that “Patients with chronic menstrual pain that were treated with acupuncture showed significant improvements in pain intensity and quality of life compared to the patients who received standard care. Based on the results, acupuncture should be considered a viable option in the management of all patients affected by menstrual pain.”

The study was funded by social health insurance groups, which provides health insurance to over ten percent of the German population.

Acupuncture for Menopause

Menopause is the point in time when the menstrual cycle has ceased for one full year. At this time a woman will no longer be fertile. During the transition phase prior to menopause, which is known as perimenopause, estrogen circulating in the body can range from large amounts to to very little. This fluctuation can cause a wide variety of symptoms such as night sweats, dry skin, hot flashes, increased body weight, migraines, pain in the joints, memory loss, moodiness, fatigue, or insomnia. These symptoms can range from very mild to extremely severe.

Treatment with Traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture and herbs will address the symptoms of perimenopause, and menopause which is also called the climacteric.  These methods of treatment will target imbalances in the system in order to treat the symptoms associated with the patient. Each patient will each have a different set of symptoms, so it is only natural that the treatment will be unique to each person.

Patient Testimonial

By the time I arrived at Dr. Laurie Binder’s office I had just turned 50 and my hormones, weight and stress were out of control. She listened, she questioned, and she took my symptoms seriously.  Her approach to my issues gave me the hope I so desperately needed.  We are working together as a team and she is dedicated to improving my health.

With Dr. Binder’s help I have come to realize that no matter what stage of life you are in, you don’t have to settle for feeling bad. You deserve to feel great.
Rita C. Santa Monica, CA

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Postpartum Recovery

baby and mommyChildbirth is a powerful event that every new parent remembers for the rest of their lives. That being said, the rigors of birth is exhausting, and can completely drain the new mother’s energy. Of course, energy is exactly what a new parent needs in order to take care of a child and survive the first days and weeks of the postpartum period.  Postpartum acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help. Acupuncture treatment and other TCM methods will help a new mother through the first couple of months after childbirth by treating symptoms such as exhaustion, mastitis, post-operative healing, excessive lactation, low lactation, night sweats, postpartum depression, fatigue, and more. Acupuncturists will target points that help heal women physically, psychologically, and emotionally.

If you are interested in acupuncture and oriental medicine to help you through your pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum recovery then don’t hesitate to contact me for more information today.

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Women’s Health and Wellness with Acupuncture

acupuncture for womenThe top health problems associated with women today can all be treated or (hopefully) prevented through the use of a healthy lifestyle with acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine.

Throughout the history of the world, these natural healing techniques have been used to keep people of either gender healthy to fend off many illnesses or diseases.

Below are the top five women’s health problems faced today and how acupuncture can help.

Top 5 Women’s Health Problems

Gynecological-Related Problems

These problems can include endometriosis, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, infertility, or fibroids. Fortunately, gynecological problems are a bit easier to manage with acupuncture and oriental medicines than other problems. By restoring the flow of life energy in the body (Qi), these techniques can treat many gynecological problems.

The most common gynecological problem women face is menopause. Menopause is the period when the ovulation of a woman ceases permanently. During this time all sorts of symptoms can occur due to the dramatic decrease of estrogen in the body. These symptoms include weight gain, joint pain, hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, migraines, memory loss, and dry skin.

Oriental medicine and acupuncture techniques does not treat the menopause itself, but the symptoms that arise from it using techniques specific to a person like herbal therapy, lifestyle change, dietary change, and exercise. Each person receives their own special treatment plan in order to maximize the recovery process.

Cardiovascular Disease

This disease is considered the most life-threatening of them all in women. Statistics show that twenty-nine percent of all deaths in women are due to cardiovascular problems. It is true that more men are diagnosed with a cardiovascular problem of some sort, but with women cardiovascular system is not as checked as thoroughly as it should so it is often that the condition is discovered far too late. It’s extremely important that women take the necessary precautions such as a wellness regimen and getting regular bloodwork and checkups.  Oriental medicine and acupuncture are an excellent addition to anyone’s health and wellness program.

The preventative steps a woman should be advised to take will include eating healthier, exercising more, managing blood pressure, improving sleep, and reducing stress. These steps can all be easier to take with the help of Traditional Oriental Medicine techniques. High blood pressure is the most common cause of cardiovascular problems, and luckily acupuncture is considered especially helpful for lowering blood pressure and increasing the release of natural opioids (relaxants).


acupuncture for depressionUp to a quarter of all women face some type of depression during their lifetime. Depressive disorders do not only cause mental problems, but can weaken the immune system, damage work effectiveness as well as ruin social relationships. Symptoms affiliated with depression can include fatigue, insomnia, apathy, or lack of interest in previous hobbies. Eventually, worse symptoms such as sickness and suicidal thoughts can occur if the problem is not taken care of.

To prevent or treat such a disorder, it is important to make sure the entire life energy (Qi) is flowing correctly throughout the body. By bringing the body, mind, and spirit together as one, the body will function at its best and naturally treat any problems that may be affecting the body by itself.  Acupuncture and oriental medicine helps the body to heal itself, as it is designed to do.  A bonus is you will feel better than ever!


Over forty million people in the United States alone are affected by osteoporosis in which seventy percent of the people affected are women.  Osteoporosis occurs when there is a decrease in bone mass which induces the chances of fracture occurring. It usually is found in those of an older age, but can be developed early on as well especially to those who put repetitive strain on a specific part of their body.  Exercise is known to reduce osteoporosis and stimulate the building of bone mass and density.  Exercise can also create pain in the joints, tendons, and muscles.  Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can reduce or prevent pain and stimulate bone maintenance.  It is important to start a wellness and fitness regimen around the age of thirty when the bones in our body stop growing.

Autoimmune Diseases

fibromyalgiaDiseases like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, thyroid disease and lupus are all considered autoimmune diseases, which is a condition where the body’s own immune system attacks itself as well as other tissues in your body. The American Autoimmune Release Diseases Association has found that about eight percent of the population is affected by a type of autoimmune disease; women make up eighty percent of that population. Standard medical procedures have trouble treating autoimmune disease, so it is best to look for alternative routes such as oriental medicine and acupuncture. Both of these methods have been proven to manage the symptoms of an autoimmune disease as well as regulate the immune system.

As you can see, Traditional Oriental Medicine and acupuncture are well suited to treat the leading women’s health issues.  Contact Laurie in order to set up an acupuncture appointment.